It’s been a tougher transition back to real life than I expected.

Time zone and daylight savings time adjustments makes me feel like everything is moving backwards, in slow-motion. I spent two weeks playing catch-up and I still have a delayed reaction to things people do or say. But this week I feel more grounded and ready to write again.

Here are six more things I learned while on my fantastic gift of Sabbatical:

  1. Juice is good! First, let’s be clear: I’m not a vegetarian nor a vegan. I wish I could find more joy in less varieties of food—I’m just not that evolved yet.This was a challenge for me, but while in Kauai, I tried it out. Fresh, organic fruit in paradise is the best possible environment for success. A friend advised the juice cleanse from the Akamai Juice Company. Much to my surprise, I loved it! The juice, that is. I forewent the cleanse (which essentially meant I didn’t drink the Smooth Moves tea every night. I am familiar with senna leaf and its abilities to literally bring out the worst in you if that’s what you want.)The founder, Cas Schwabe, is a delightful and energetic person who just exudes happiness. Read her story—I was in great hands. The juice was so good that I know when I return to Kauai I will be frequenting the Tahiti Nui Luau in the early mornings for juice shots (they all have a kick) and a couple-day supply of Magic Dragon and the nut milk du jour (and maybe mour). Sorry folks, this stuff doesn’t survive a trip to the mainland.Oh, and when I got home I bought a juicer. Good, but not the same. Go to Kauai.
  2. My intuition is completely trustworthy. Why do we second-guess our hunches? Probably because we let people convince us that we need proof of a certain logical or scientific flavor to justify our choices. I’m calling BS on that. Listen, trust, try it out, and practice often. You will see that you have a great source of wisdom in a very convenient place.
  3. I don’t have to convince anyone that I’m right. What a waste of energy it is to try to convince others to agree with my philosophy and choices. After all, I have confidence! And they have free will. And their own ideas. And their own interests and journeys. I’ve officially stopped doing this. (By the way, if I’m ever wrong, this approach certainly helps make it easier for me to change my mind.)
  4. The harp rocks. I love learning to play new musical instruments. I learn just enough to entertain myself: I don’t perform. Lately, I’ve become enamored with strings. Even more lately, I’ve become enamored with the harp. It’s harder than it looks, but if you keep things pointing upwards, the result is heavenly.
  5. Everything matters, or nothing does. I vote for everything. While in Kauai I had a rare opportunity to be very still and just take in everything around me. There was so much beauty in the sky, the sea, the flora and fauna, and the people, that it was impossible to believe it was all an accident. There is a paradox of simplicity in complexity. I got a precious chance to appreciate details and to see a connectedness in everything. No drugs required.
  6. I only need five things each day. While on Sabbatical I met some very interesting and loving people who gently guided me in intriguing directions. One friend lent me a book, The Reiki Bible, by Eleanor McKenzie. On page 60, there is a summary of five spiritual principles taught by Reiki’s founder, Mikao Usui. These are so practical, I have since assimilated them as a very useful daily prayer:“For today only:Do not anger
    Do not worry
    Be humble
    Be honest in your work
    Be compassionate to yourself and others.”

I’m not a master at anything yet, but I can certainly do one day at a time. So can you.

Here are the first five things I learned from Sabbatical.